The racketeering trial of R. Kelly resumed Tuesday, a day after his first male accuser testified that the R&B star offered help with his music career in exchange for sexual favors.
The man, who testified under the pseudonym Louis, told jurors that when he was 17 when Mr. Kelly began making sexual advances toward him.
Four women have also testified that they were underage when their encounters with Mr. Kelly began, including a woman identified only as Addie who on Monday described being raped by the singer in a dressing room after a concert.
Mr. Kelly, who is being tried in federal court in Brooklyn, has denied the accusations and pleaded not guilty to a racketeering charge and eight counts of violating an interstate anti-sex trafficking law.
Prosecutors have accused Mr. Kelly, 54, of running a decades-long criminal plot to prey on women and girls for sex with the help of a network of associates and employees.
Mr. Kelly is not charged with rape or sexual assault, and many of the specific accusations against him fall outside the statute of limitations for those crimes. But a racketeering charge allows prosecutors to present evidence of any related potential crimes.
Check back here for updates as the ninth day of Mr. Kelly’s trial begins.